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DVDO VP50 Pro Gets THX Treatment

by August 13, 2007
DVDO VP50 Pro video processor

DVDO VP50 Pro video processor

Anchor Bay announced that its new DVDO iScan VP50 PRO video processor now comes with THX certification. This revised processor will also feature HDMI 1.3 chips with support for high definition audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master audio as well as 12-bit Deep Color. The processor will convert any incoming analogue or digital signals to a maximum 1080p resolution output via HDMI.

Standard Features

  • Mosquito noise reduction
  • Fine detail enhancement
  • Edge enhancement
  • Precision deinterlacing
  • PReP (progressive reprocessing) for re interlacing and deinterlacing 480i/576i and 1080i images to re-apply motion adaptive deinterlacing
  • Multiple video and film cadence detection and support
  • Forced 3:2 mode for Blu-ray and HD DVD to enable judder-free frame-locked 24/48/72Hz output (with compatible displays)
  • Game modes with low latency
  • Precision Video Scaling II - 10-bit scaling upt o 1080p
  • Precision Gamma Correction
  • Precision A/V Lipsync
Advanced PRO Features
  • 4 HDMI 1.3 inputs with 1080p/24/25/50/60 support
  • 1 HDMI 1.3 output
  • THX Video certification
  • ISFccc Day/Night Modes
  • 2 programmable 12V triggers
  • Flexible Input Aspect Ratio Control (4:3, Letterbox, 4:3 Stretch,
    16:9 and 10- User Defined Presets)
  • Individual Overscan Controls, per input, to properly position the
    active image on screen.
  • Individual Underscan Controls, per display profile, to eliminate
    Overscan inherent in most displays.
  • Support for Anamorphic lens configurations including 2.35:1 constant Image Height projection systems
  • Individual Picture Controls per input and per format (Brightness,
    Contrast, Saturation, Hue and Fine Y/C Delay)
  • 10 Display Profiles – For multiple display, framerate, and image shift
    configurations
  • Full-frame Timebase Correction
  • High performance, multi-standard video decoder (10-bit: 480i/576i;
    12- bit: 480p/576p/720p/1080i)
  • High-quality super-adaptive comb filter with 2D Y/C separation
  • Flexible Digital and Analog Audio switching and routing – 4 HDMI 1.3
    audio/video inputs, 5 assignable audio inputs (4 digital, 1 analog)
    with 1 HDMI 1.3 audio/video output and 2 digital audio outputs
    (optical/coax)
  • 10-bit 300MHz Instrumentation Quality DACs (2x Oversampling
    for 1080p)

DVDO VP50 Pro rear panel

The processor seems to have all the bells and whistles needed to handle all of the primary functions you'd want in a video processor. As you can see the number of video inputs should be sufficient for most uses (especially when coupled with an AV receiver. The only thing that seems lacking is a second HDMI output, which could certainly be handy in a scenario alternating a flat panel with a projection system.

While THX logo is a welcome sight to many consumers - we feel that the ISF logo (in this case) actually carries more weight and are glad to see it on this processor.

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Recent Forum Posts:

Martiad3 posts on August 16, 2007 09:17
Dolby CP-200, post: 296484
So, how much does the unit cost? Please tell me it’s under £500.00 pounds.

Try US $3500.
Cytomax posts on August 15, 2007 20:00
Im also curious as to how much this unit will cost
Dolby CP-200 posts on August 15, 2007 00:00
So, how much does the unit cost? Please tell me it’s under £500.00 pounds.
Davemcc posts on August 14, 2007 10:38
Thanks for the replies. I guess what I am experiencing is macroblocking? Am I to understand that there really isn't a fix for this, short of changing providers? Fios is not an option. Sorry for the semi-hijack, but I've looked at the DVDO website for info before, but really had no idea whether the products could help.

This problem has rendered some of my favorite channels nearly unwatchable, including Space, Speed and Military.
jhanley posts on August 14, 2007 10:23
Davemcc, post: 295955
I've been questioning whether I have a need for such a product as this, but I don't know if it will solve my problem. I know very little about video signal handling and what effect this might have in my system.

Here's what I need a product to fix. My SD Cable channels look awful. I guess this is a common complaint on HD displays, but I haven't found any information on how to fix it. My cable company can't, even after several service visits and new lines run to my home. My SD images look like they are composed of ~1" squares, each with a portion of the image but don't quite line up quite right to produce a seamless image.

I'd like to know whether a better video processor with better scaling/deinterlacing would fix the SD image that is sent from the cable box. Would a dedicated video processor like this help or would a Reon HQV equipped receiver/pre-pro suffice? Is there a cure for poor SD images on HD displays?

For what it's worth…
I also had a problem with SD channels on my HD/LCD set.
Once I switched to Verizon/FIOS thedifference was
like night and day. Now my SD channels are
200% better,clearer with much improved color.
I guess a with the bigger pipe less compression is needed.
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